Luis Enrique delighted with a 3-0 win against Guangzhou / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique was more than happy with the way his team progressed to the final of the Club World Cup with a 3-0 defeat of Guangzhou Evergrande. “The team treated the game very seriously” he said after the final whistle. “We were emphatic from the start. We hardly made any mistakes and prevented our opponent from creating any danger. It was a complete game and I congratulate my players for that.”

Given the absences of Messi and Neymar Jr, “it was the kind of game we wanted” he continued, singling out Iniesta for particular praise. “He’s not just a player that reads the game and plays combination football so well, but he can also find space, either through dribbling or by passing.”

As for three-goal hero Suárez, the Barça manager described him as an “assassin in the area, a killer, a player who can finish off any kind of move. And if we add his defensive abilities, which infect the rest of the team, we could say that he’s an essential player for us.”

As for the chances of Messi and Neymar Jr being in Sunday’s final against River Plate, all he could offer was that “neither I nor they know if they’ll be able to play.”

Luiz Felipe Scolari quotes:

“A lot of teams lose to Barça. It was a chance to learn. Even the biggest teams can get beaten 3-0 by Barça”.

"We finished fourth in 2013. Now we have the chance to do better than that and finish third. That’s our main target now."

"Any team would lose some of their hope without Messi. But Barça have 25 or 26 incredible players."

"Barça’s style is unquestionable, whether or not Neymar Jr and Leo Messi play. It’s an enormous quality team”.

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